Manchester United could be without Anthony Martial for Saturday afternoon’s Premier League game against Southampton.
The France international was not spotted arriving with the rest of the first-team squad at the Lowry Hotel on Friday night and will instead aim to be available for the midweek Champions League trip to Paris Saint-Germain as he continues to recover from a groin injury.
Marcus Rashford was in attendance at the Salford hotel, however, accompanied by three youngsters. Mason Greenwood, the 17-year-old forward with 22 goals in 22 games, was not one of them.
Greenwood travelled with the squad for the game against Crystal Palace on Wednesday but it looks like he may miss out this weekend, unless he is a late arrival with the rest of the squad.
James Garner, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong are all in the provisional squad to face the Saints at Old Trafford.
Sergio Romero was not spotted by photographers, however. Solskjaer hasn’t mentioned the back-up goalkeeper with regard to his injury crisis, but if he was unavailable it would leave just David De Gea and Lee Grant as goalkeepers in the squad.
Players have been allowed to arrive separately in the past and it may be that Romero joins up with the squad later on.
Solskjaer confirmed Rashford was a likely starter against the Saints when he spoke to the media on Friday morning, but he did reveal that Martial was unlikely to feature.
“It’s the last session today but we’re not going take any risks,” he said. “Maybe Anthony, but it might just be a few more days before he’s ready, so probably the squad will look similar to what it did at Wednesday.
“He (Rashford) still felt it Wednesday night but he’ll be ready, I’ll probably start him.
“You do have a plan but then you get suspensions, injuries. That one injury or one suspension might change the whole dynamic. It’s a matter of seeing who’s available now. Wednesday night at Selhurst Park is a tough one and then Friday morning still.
“So not too much recovery time. We’ll make our minds up tonight.”
None of the injured players who missed the midweek win at Crystal Palace look to have returned to be part of the fixture against Southampton.
There was no Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic or Ander Herrera, as well as no Martial.
Garner made his debut off the bench at Selhurst Park and he could be amongst the substitutes again on Saturday.
“I believe he’s got the chance to have a great future,” Solskjaer said. “He knows we believe in him, we’ve got great faith in him as the next Michael Carrick. I know he’s young and I know it’s not fair on kids to compare to great players like Michael was, but he’s the same mould, he plays simple passes, plays through the lines. Scott McTominay did really well today, some of the passes through the lines into Paul were excellent.
“You’re at Man United, so Michael had the pressure of coming in after Roy Keane, that’s just the way it is at Man United.”
Confirmed United squad members
David De Gea, Lee Grant
Ashley Young, Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw
Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Fred, Paul Pogba, James Garner, Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong
Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku